Team Obama often likes to blame problems on the fact that they inherited them from Bush — the war(s), Gitmo, deficits, etc. — but there’s a new item to possibly add to the list of things Obama inherited from Bush: W’s 2001 Afghanistan speech:
Obama closed Friday’s remarks by saying, “I’ve taken this decision with the confidence that action is necessary, and that we will not be acting alone. Our goal is focused. Our cause is just. And our coalition is strong.”
Nearly a decade earlier, when President George W. Bush announced that U.S. forces were launching military strikes in Afghanistan, Bush said: “To all the men and women in our military … I say this: Your mission is defined. Your objectives are clear. Your goal is just.” Bush used similar wording in other remarks at the time.
Also on Friday, Obama said, “The United States did not seek this outcome. Our decisions have been driven by Qaddafi’s refusal to respect the rights of his people and the potential for mass murder of innocent civilians.”
On Oct. 7, 2001, Bush said of operations in Afghanistan, “We did not ask for this mission, but we will fulfill it. … We defend not only our precious freedoms, but also the freedom of people everywhere to live and raise their children free from fear.”
The senior White House official said “any similarity is coincidence,” adding that neither Obama nor his speechwriters reviewed Bush’s remarks from Oct. 7, 2001.
Mere coincidence? Even if it is — hell, especially if it is — Obama’s core lefty base from 2008 should be wetting their hemp undies that The One is turning into the evil George W. Bush right before their progressive eyes.